Kristin Michelitch has a PhD in Politics from New York University. She is a Faculty Affiliate with the Center for the Study of Democratic Isntitutions, and she was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute. Her work is primarily on politics and development in sub-Saharan Africa, where she is most interested in finding what works to improve democratic processes and development through both the citizenry and government, with the goal of learning which policy programs are most effective in improving the well-being of citizens. She completed her undergraduate degree at Emory University. Before attending graduate school, she worked in democratization and development at the Carter Center, NDI, and the Bundeszentral fuer Politische Bildung. She has published articles in the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, American Political Science Review, African Affairs, and Electoral Studies. Her current project, in partnership with Jaimie Bleck, looks at barriers to women’s political participation in Mali, and she has studied attitudes toward women’s political participation in mixed-religion contexts (Islam, Christianity) in sub-Saharan Africa.
Assistant Professor of Politics, Vanderbilt University
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